SB-800 Nikon Flash

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Rotary8, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. Rotary8 macrumors regular

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    Most of the time I shoot outdoor pics with my zoom, and indoor ones with my 1.8f 50mm to avoid having to use any Flash. Recently I purchased an SB-800 and haven't a clue what to set on it. If there's a setting which you nikonians use about 80-90% of the time, please share it.

    any helpful tips would be much appreciated.

    thanks
     
  2. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Mostly matrix Balanced fill [TTL BL on the display] with about 1.3-2.0 stops of negative exposure compensation, but you'll have to change the comp based on subject distance.

    The rest of the time, mine lives in SU4 mode as a flash-triggered slave to act as an additional background light.
     
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  4. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    2x on the TTL or TTL BL… when I'm working with static objects (studio-like situation) I'll go to manual.
     
  5. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Just for completeness, I assume you've read the manual and understand it's possible to overshoot and melt the thing if you're in high-speed continuous mode and you blast away- not a big deal unless you're not aware of it- I've never needed to shoot that quickly (heck, I haven't even done the multiple flash mode play stuff yet and I've had mine for years.)

    I might have a chance to get mine in the field with a better beamer on it this weekend- it'll feel like a flash again, and not just a convenient background light in the studio! I'm really glad it has SU-4 mode though, it's saved me from needed an additional head in the studio a bunch of times when I've been shooting high key.
     
  6. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    Seriously? I've yet to find a set of AA Batteries that would allow me to pop off that many flashes in a row that quickly.
     
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    Even with the 5th battery attachment?
     
  8. compuwar macrumors 601

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    First part of the manual:

    Additional manual text (redone to make it readable here):

     
  9. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    I'm talking about 4 standard Duracell batteries... Set to 6/fps, I've never had the flash keep up- even with fresh batteries.

    I know you have to be careful with some of the power packs.
     
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